Tell us about yourself

I had been unemployed for three months prior to starting the Diageo Learning for Life course and I was finding it extremely difficult to find employment again. I have a history of up and down emotional health and this, along with being homeless, caused a severe downward spiral - I was feeling my worst. I didn’t really care much about life or myself and never thought I’d ever amount to anything.

Since getting involved with Springboard has your life changed?

My life has changed massively. I’ve regained my confidence and I started bidding on housing again after previously giving up. I’m currently on a massive high after winning a HIT Scotland Scholarship and I pretty much feel like the world is mine to take now.

What are you doing now and where?

I’m bartending at the Kennilworth Pub, part of the Mitchell and Butlers Group.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I see myself continuing to expand my knowledge of hospitality, gaining many more qualifications including the Whisky Ambassador one. I’m looking towards supervisor and then bar manager roles. The sky’s the limit as far as I’m concerned.

What tips or advice would you give someone considering their career options/getting involved with Diageo Learning for Life?

Just do it, don’t overthink it, do it! You’ll be inspired by at least one aspect of hospitality and you’ll hear a lot of success stories, build your confidence and meet some amazing people; not to mention the continued Springboard support afterwards. It’s an amazing opportunity and you’d be silly to let it pass you by.

The six qualifications you gain and the practical skills more than prepare you for work within hospitality and make securing a job easier.